‘Positive’ Amir vows to win back fans’ trust

Disgraced Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir, who has been named in the ODI and T20 squad for the upcoming series against New Zealand, has admitted that it will be difficult to win back the trust of the cricket community, but added he would try to do so with his performance.

Amir displayed impressive form in domestic matches as well as in the Bangladesh Premier League after ending his five-year ban for spot-fixing four months ago.   -  AP

Disgraced Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir, who has been named in the ODI and T20 squad for the upcoming series against New Zealand, has admitted that it will be difficult to win back the trust of the cricket community, but added he would try to do so with his performance.

Considering himself as a more ‘positive’ person, the 23-year-old insisted he will give his best shot to regain the faith of his fans.

“I am a different person now. My vision about life has changed and now I am more positive. I have experienced a lot at such a minor age. I don’t know about the future and nobody knows what will happen next. As a professional sportsman I can only give my best shot to win the trust back,” Amir was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

The fast bowler further said he deserved the second chance, insisting he will perform for his country with his heart and soul.

“If anyone says you are bad, this means he wants you to be good. And I am here to be good and I want to be good. If they (fans) say I have done bad then they should also give me a chance to change myself for good. I need their support and will prove to them that I am a changed person,” he added.

Considered as one of the most promising talents, Amir had taken 51 wickets in 14 Tests and 25 in 15 One-Day Internationals before he was handed a five-year ban for bowling deliberate no-balls by pre-arrangement during the fourth test against England at Lord’s in 2010.

Earlier, the tainted bowler was included in the 26-member national fitness camp in Lahore.

Amir displayed impressive form in domestic matches as well as in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) after ending his five-year ban for spot-fixing four months ago.

Pakistan will play three ODIs and T20s each starting from January 15.